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How Does a Student Apply to the Joint Degree Program with the School of Education?

In order to apply for admission to any joint degree program sponsored by the COL, the student must first be admitted to the COL. Then, during the first year of law school (typically by March 1), the student completes an internal graduate school application (available in the Office of Student Life), and submits it, together with a personal statement and COL transcript, to the Director of the DLPP, Professor Arlene Kanter. No GRE is required. Only students in good academic standing at the COL will be permitted to apply for a joint degree.

After completing the application materials, all applicants must meet with the Director, who reviews the student’s application materials and discusses the appropriateness of the joint degree for the particular student. The Director may then approve the application for submission to the SOE for consideration for admission to the School of Education Masters Program.

Once the application is approved, the student must then bring the completed application packet to his or her advisor at the School of Education. For students pursuing the CAS in Disability Studies, the applications should be delivered to Professor Steve Taylor, the Coordinator of Disability Studies. Once Professor Taylor approves the application materials, the application must then be approved by the Chair of the SOE Department of Cultural Foundations of Education, who is currently Professor Sari Biklen. Once the application has been approved by the Chair of CFE, the student is notified of his or her admission. All law students will be notified of admission to the School of Education sometime in April of the students’ first year in law school. No pre-existing credits may be applied to the COL portion of the degree. 

After the student has been admitted to the SOE, the student should then visit the COL Office of Student Life to complete a petition for approval from the College of Law to pursue the joint degree program. Students are welcome to meet with Emily Cadwallader in the Office of Student Life to discuss the petition process. Final College of Law approval will be determined following the posting of grades at the end of the Spring semester. 

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What If The Student Wishes To Pursue A Joint Degree With The School Of Education But Not The Cas In Disability Studies?

If a student wishes to pursue a joint degree with the School of Education, but not the CAS in Disability Studies, the student must follow the same COL requirements for admission to the School of Education. However, the requirements for admission to the School of Education are different. For example, the GRE may be required for certain masters programs. Further, the law student must find a SOE faculty advisor who will sponsor the law student’s application for admission to the SOE, prior to applying for admission to the SOE.

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What Are The Requirements Of The Joint Degree Program In Law/M.S. Education, With A CAS In Disability Studies?

The CAS in DS is open to all students throughout the University. However, only law students who are pursuing the joint degree in the School of Education, M.S./CFE, are eligible to receive the CAS. COL students may take a maximum of 6 credits outside of the COL if they are not enrolled in a joint degree program. However, if a law student is enrolled in the joint degree program, the student must complete the COL requirements for graduation, which includes 72 credits from the COL and 30 credits from the SOE (6 credits of which may be COL courses, including Disability Law and Advanced Disability Law). 

The requirements for the CAS include: Social Policy and Disability (DSP/CFE 688 - 3 credits); Disability Law (Law 763 - 3 credits); and 6 additional credits in disability studies courses, approved by the student’s SOE advisor. In addition, all students must take a one-day CAS exam completed during the student’s final semester of coursework (generally the spring semester of the third year.) The exam is developed by the student’s SOE advisor. The same credits and exam may be used to fulfill the requirements for both the M.S. and the CAS.

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What Is The COL Certificate In Disability Law And Policy? 

The Disability Law and Policy Program’s Certificate in Disability Law and Policy recognizes students who have taken a concentration of courses in the area of disability law. Students pursuing the joint degree in the School of Education should also plan to complete the requirements for the COL Certificate in Disability Law and Policy. Exceptions may be provided for those students who were not able to secure admission to the Disability Rights Clinic or a disability-related externship. Students interested in obtaining the COL Certificate in Disability Law and Policy should apply at the beginning of the applicant’s final semester of law school. The application should identify the courses taken and the work completed in satisfaction of the Certificate requirements as well as the work underway in the final semester. An unofficial transcript and a draft copy of the final writing requirement paper should be attached to the application. The Director will recommend granting the Certificate to students who have met all the requirements and who are in good academic standing at the College of Law. Students who receive the Certificate will be recognized at Commencement.

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May Students Receive The COL Certificate In Disability Law And Policy Without Receiving A Joint Degree? 

Yes, law students may apply for and receive the COL Certificate in Disability Law and Policy without receiving a Joint Degree. However, students seeking the Joint Degree with the SOE/CFE usually also complete the requirements for the COL Certificate in Disability Law and Policy.

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What Are The Requirements For The COL Certificate In Disability Law And Policy? 

The requirements for the COL Certificate in Disability Law and Policy have been changed. Here are the requirements for the Class of 2012, 2013 and 2014 and beyond:


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What Is The Certificate In Advanced Studies In Disability Studies? 

The “CAS” is a NYS-approved Certificate that is awarded by the School of Education to SU students who have completed the requirements. Law students may receive the CAS in Disability Studies if they are enrolled as a Joint Degree student with the COL and the Department of Cultural Foundations of Education in the School of Education. The CAS is awarded to joint degree students who successfully complete 15 credits towards their masters degree in Disability Studies courses taken at the COL, the SOE, or at any other SU college or department, with permission of Professor Steve Taylor, Coordinator of the Disability Studies Program. 

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May Students Obtain A Joint Degree In Law And Education, With The Department Of Cultural Foundations Of Education Or Other SOE Departments, Without Seeking The CAS In Disability Studies?

Yes, law students may obtain a joint degree with any department in the School of Education without obtaining a CAS in Disability Studies. Professor Kanter is willing to serve as your advisor if you pursue this option. However, the application process is different for students not pursuing the CAS. Students who are not seeking the CAS will be admitted to the SOE only if they have first secured a faculty advisor to sponsor their application to the School of Education. In addition, the GRE may be required for admission to some SOE Masters Programs.

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May Students Interested In Disability Law And Policy Apply For A Joint Degree With The School Of Social Work?

Yes, students interested in disability law and policy may apply for admission to the School of Social work to obtain a J.D./MSW. Professor Kanter is willing to serve as your advisor if you pursue this option. However, the application process and requirements for this joint degree differ from the joint degree programs with the School of Education. Students will be required to complete 72 credits in the College of Law and 48 credits in the School of Social Work (only 30 credits required for students with Advanced Standing). Students in this Program are encouraged to take classes in other schools and departments on campus that offer classes related to disability studies, policy, and law. For more information about the J.D./M.S.W. requirements admission, see the School of Social Work website.

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